09 June 2010

Summer Black-Out, Day 3: POetry

There's a poem entitled "Warning," by Jenny Joseph, that I'm sure you've heard. It begins:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
(full text here)

I've always kind of disliked it.

For one thing, why should we "wear things that [don't] suit [us]" just because we're no longer young, or that being younger means dressing with sobriety?

For another thing, it has effectively devalued the wonderful analogous combination of red and purple, making it the province of middle-age women who do... what, exactly? I'm not entirely sure. As far as I'm concerned, you don't need a uniform to be uninhibited and have fun.

Red and purple look do "go," anyway. Beautifully.

today's outfit, BCBG Max Azria dress, Design History cardigan, United Nude boots
Dress: BCBG Max Azria, TJMaxx
Cardigan: Design History, TJMaxx, remixed
Boots: United Nude "Pocket Hi," remixed
Sugar skull pendant, Jenn Feldman Glass, remixed

Although I didn't necessarily plan this outfit this way. Originally, I woke up to a chilly, rainy morning and wanted to wear my United Nude boots.

dress and cardigan, summer boots

I don't really have words to describe how much I love these boots, even if their narrow shaft means I can't pull them over my calf. They've got straps and D-rings and pockets and little tags that say "Remove Before Flight," just like an airplane:

United Nude boots, remove before flight tag, boots with pockets, military-inspired boots

I decided I'd highlight those tags by pairing them with the red dress. Which was fine, until I spent five minutes in the outfit - brr! It was too chilly today for a short-sleeved dress!

I've worn these boots with a grey wrap cardi, but I didn't think it would work with this dress: the dress's sleeves are too full and the cardi's too thin and tight. So my only other non-black cardigan was this one. Red and purple are a bit vivid, but on such a grey day, vivid sounded good.

dress, cardigan, compact, checking makeup
Purple crown compact, Papyrus, gift from my friend Emily

My beloved sugar skull necklace was the perfect highlight.

Jenn Feldman glass, sugar skull pendant, lampworked bead
photos: Fabulous Husband

Do you ever wear colors that "don't go?"

Already Pretty Summer Black-Out 2010

1 comment:

  1. I feel the exact same way about that poem! It's all about postponing doing what you want to be doing now. And I hate that the Red Hat Ladies have hijacked the red-and-purple combo. Your outfit looks terrific!


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